x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

On the front lines of Syria’s war in the south

As Al Qaeda flexes its muscles on Syria's southern front, the unity of rebel groups fighting Bashar Al Assad is coming apart. The National's long-time Syria correspondent Phil Sands reflects on his coverage of the area.

New Free Syrian Army recruits receive military training in Deraa province on May 12, 2014. Mohamed Fares/Reuters
New Free Syrian Army recruits receive military training in Deraa province on May 12, 2014. Mohamed Fares/Reuters
As Al Qaeda flexes its muscles on Syria's southern front, the unity of rebel groups fighting Bashar Al Assad is coming apart. The National's long-time Syria correspondent Phil Sands reflects on his coverage of the area.